Red-tailed Wheatear
Red-tailed Wheatear
Red-tailed Wheatear
Red-tailed Wheatear
Scientific Name 
Oenanthe chrysopygia
Arabic Name 
الفقاقة حمراء الذيل
Kuwaiti name 
15.0 cm
Least Concern
Kuwait Specialty


Scarce passage migrant and winter visitor. More common than Kurdistan Wheatear in Kuwait; often seen in remote locations in small numbers. A unique Asian specialty, rarely observed in other countries in the Western Palearctic.
Where in Kuwait 
It winters at lower levels occurring on boulder-strewn hillsides, on rocky outcrops that provide good cover from predators and excellent song posts on rocky hills, scrubland and semi-desert and is found in wadi's on Jal Al-Zor escarpment and in the south near Khiran in areas where building rubble has been dumped
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. It breeds in mountainous areas of south-west and central Asia and it migrates south to winter in the Arabian Peninsula, Eritrea, southern parts of Iraq and Iran, Pakistan and north-west India. The male red-tailed wheatear is indistinguishable from the female and the name ‘red-tailed wheatear’ comes from the rust-tinged tail.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation and indiscriminate shooting